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Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck 

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List Rules Movies must be well liked, but not all that great.

List of supposedly great films that actually kind of suck. This list includes films that have won or been nominated for Oscars, Golden Globes, and many other awards, but despite their praise and accolades, we find them almost impossible to watch.
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Avatar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

Released: 2009

Directed by: James Cameron

Avatar is a 2009 American epic science fiction film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Joel David Moore, Giovanni ...more

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#28 of 190 The Best Alien Movies Ever Made #162 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Crash is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris

Released: 2004

Directed by: Paul Haggis

This movie is a 2004 ensemble drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Paul Haggis. The film is about racial and social tensions in Los Angeles, California. A self-described ...more

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Pearl Harbor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
ddperk80 added Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck

Released: 2001

Directed by: Michael Bay

Pearl Harbor is a 2001 American war film with romance and action elements directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and written by Randall Wallace. It features an ensemble cast, ...more

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Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba

Released: 2012

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Prometheus is a 2012 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof, and starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan ...more

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Shakespeare in Love is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Bootsdad added Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench

Released: 1998

Directed by: John Madden

Shakespeare in Love is a 1998 British-American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Madden, written by Marc Norman and playwright Tom Stoppard. The film depicts an imaginary love affair ...more

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Les Miserables is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Dismalhead added Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman

Released: 2012

Directed by: Tom Hooper

Les Misérables is a 2012 musical drama film directed by Tom Hooper, based on the 1862 French novel of the same name by Victor Hugo, which also inspired a 1980 concept album and 1985 ...more

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The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth

Released: 1996

Directed by: Anthony Minghella

The English Patient is a 1996 romantic drama directed by Anthony Minghella from his own script based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ondaatje and produced by Saul Zaentz. The film was ...more

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Harry Potter and the Ord... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
QAZQ added Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe

Released: 2007

Directed by: David Yates

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a 2007 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The ...more

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#77 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #53 of 344 Movies with the Best Soundtracks

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Borat: Cultural Learning... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
QAZQ added Pamela Anderson, Sacha Baron Cohen, Alan Keyes

Released: 2006

Directed by: Larry Charles

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is a 2006 British-American mockumentary comedy film. The film was written and produced by British comedian ...more

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Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup

Released: 2009

Directed by: Zack Snyder

Watchmen is a 2009 American neo-noir superhero film directed by Zack Snyder and starring Malin Åkerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Patrick ...more

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The Tree of Life is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain

Released: 2011

Directed by: Terrence Malick

The Tree of Life is a 2011 American experimental drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick and starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain. The film chronicles the origins and ...more

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Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
WarrenMitchell added Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried

Released: 2004

Directed by: Mark Waters

Mean Girls is a 2004 American teen comedy film. Mark Waters directed, and Tina Fey wrote the screenplay, which is based in part on Rosalind Wiseman's non-fiction book Queen Bees and Wannabes, ...more

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
PeteBoyle added Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

Released: 1997

Directed by: James Cameron

Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A seventeen-year-old aristocrat (Kate Winslet) falls in love with a kind but poor artist (Leonardo DiCaprio) ...more

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Pirates of the Caribbean... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Mabie1 added Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Keith Richards

Released: 2011

Directed by: Rob Marshall

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides a 2011 action adventure film based on Tim Powers' novel. The film is directed by Rob Marshall

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Scream 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Alizzo475 added Sarah Michelle Gellar, Courteney Cox, Heather Graham

Released: 1997

Directed by: Wes Craven

Scream 2 is a 1997 American slasher film created and written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven, starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jamie ...more

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#159 of 804 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #70 of 101 The Worst Part II Movie Sequels

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The Prince of Tides is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte, George Carlin

Released: 1991

Directed by: Barbra Streisand

The Prince of Tides is a 1991 romantic drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name. The film stars Barbra Streisand and Nick Nolte. It tells the story of the narrator's struggle to ...more

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An American in Paris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Nina Foch

Released: 1951

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

An American in Paris is a 1951 American musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary, and ...more

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#31 of 373 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #70 of 213 Musical Movies With the Best Songslisted on Movies That Won Best Picture at the Oscars and Golden Globes

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Twilight is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
MoonshadowRachel added Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick

Released: 2008

Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke

Twilight is a 2008 American vampire romance film based on Stephenie Meyer's popular novel of the same name. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, the film stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. ...more

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The Silence of the Lambs... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Alizzo475 added Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

Released: 1991

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime and horror genres. Directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott ...more

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Resident Evil: Retributi... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Alizzo475 added Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Michelle Rodriguez

Released: 2012

Directed by: Paul W. S. Anderson

Resident Evil: Retribution is a 2012 American-Canadian-German science fiction action horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. It is the fifth installment in the Resident Evil ...more

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Harry Potter and the Dea... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Alizzo475 added Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

Released: 2011

Directed by: David Yates

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is a 2011 fantasy film directed by David Yates, based on the novel by J. K. Rowling and the final film in the series. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron ...more

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#62 of 344 Movies with the Best Soundtracks #48 of 199 The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time

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Back to the Future Part ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
MoonshadowRachel added Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd

Released: 1990

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Back to the Future Part III is a 1990 American science fiction Western film. It is the third and final installment of the Back to the Future trilogy. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and ...more

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#228 of 394 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #82 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #34 of 56 The Best '90s Western Movies

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The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
JimJenkins added Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

Released: 2009

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It was written and directed by John Lee Hancock, and based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael ...more

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#703 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #62 of 199 The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Slumdog Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
JustinPatrickChrist added Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

Released: 2008

Directed by: Loveleen Tandan, Danny Boyle

Slumdog Millionaire is a 2009 British drama film directed by Danny Boyle, written by Simon Beaufoy, and produced by Christian Colson. It was co-directed in India by Loveleen Tandan. It is an ...more

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Bugsy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck
Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley, Warren Beatty

Released: 1991

Directed by: Barry Levinson

Bugsy is a 1991 American drama film directed by Barry Levinson which tells the story of mobster Bugsy Siegel. It stars Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Elliott Gould, ...more

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